2002: Death at a Fake Clinic
A woman identified as "Patient A" (I'll call her "Adelle"), was 26 years
old and had a history of anemia and sickle cell disease. Dr. Mi Yong Kim did not
order proper lab studies, document an appropriate history, or perform a
proper exam on Adelle before performing a safe and legal abortion
on her on November 16, 2002. Kim administered 25 mg of Versed to
Adelle, in response to her reports of pain, over a 10-minute period,
without giving the medicine time to take effect.
At the end of the abortion, Kim noted that Adelle's pulse oximeter
reading was only 70%, an alarming finding. Kim thought she found a
pulse, did not assess whether or not Adelle was breathing, and simply
ordered her staff to give Adelle oxygen by mask and call 911 but nobody made any actual attempt to resuscitate her. The ambulance crew arrived and transported
Adelle to the hospital, where she was declared dead from possible air
The board did not suspend or yank Kim's license, instead noting that she
was making improvements in her quality of care. She was instead placed
under stipulations regarding her use of anesthesia in her office and her
record-keeping. Kim called her office "Landmark Women's Center", giving the impression that it was a clinic.
1905: A Chicago Midwife
On November 16, 1905, 18-year-old Dorothy Spuhr died in County Hospital in Chicago from an abortion performed on November 13. Midwife Julia Gibson, aka Timmons, was arrested and held by the coroner's jury. Gibson went on to perpetrate a fatal abortion on Bessie Braun the following year.
1882: A Philadelphia Dentist
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Holstein, age 23, originally worked as a house servant in
Wilmington, Delaware before moving to Philadelphia. In June of 1882, she
and her beau, Willard Kauffman, traveled to her family's home in
Milton, Delaware, to ask for her parents' permission to marry. She
returned to Philadelphia, where she continued a job as a family servant
until October 30, when she moved in with her aunt, Mrs. Maggie Rust, on
returned briefly to her employer's home on November 7 to retrieve some
of her clothing. At the time she was suffering with a fever and chills.
She corresponded with her parents about her illness, and they traveled
to Philadelphia to be with her. Lizzie's condition seemed to be
improving over Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday, but Lizzie relapsed. Her condition steadily deteriorated over Monday. On Tuesday evening she
spoke to her aunt and confessed that she was ailing from the effects of
an abortion Kaufman had paid for. It had been perpetrated on October 7 by the dentist who had made her false teeth. Mrs. Rusk asked Elizabeth to be more specific, and
she replied, "George Buchanan, at Fifth and Pine Streets." Lizzie also made a deathbed statement to Dr.
Samuel D. Marshall, who attended to her in her final sickness, identifying "Dr. Buchanon" as her abortionist Dr. Marshall thought that Lizzie
was referring to John Buchanan, an evidently well-known local criminal
who had been convicted of some crime having to do with issuing bogus
diplomas. John Buchanon was George Buchanan's father.
spite of all that Dr. Marshall could do, Lizzie died on November 16
from cumulative blood loss. Lizzie's parents knew nothing about the
pregnancy or the abortion until after her death. Dr.
Marshall notified the coroner's office. An investigation eventually led to the arrest and conviction of George
Buchanan, who was quickly granted a new
trial. I have been unable to determine if the trial actually took place
and, if so, what the outcome was.